12 Stylish Aprons That Have You Covered in the Kitchen
From storage-savvy styles to denim options and more, these versatile aprons are every bit as fun to wear as they are functional.
The right apron can be a game changer while you are cooking. Along with protecting your clothes from stains, splatters, and spills, a well-designed apron can help make preparing your meals a little bit easier. "A good apron helps to make everything in the kitchen go smoothly," says Christina Weber, the founder of Studiopatro. "It will keep you covered so you can make a mess and not worry, hold a towel to dry your hands without thinking, and keep your phone, timer, or most-used tool safe and handy. It will become your favorite kitchen companion start to finish."
Whether you invest in an apron with pockets for stashing dishcloths or one with utility loops for hanging utensils (or both!), Weber says the most important thing any home chef can do is choose one that's comfortable to wear. If it's not, you'll never use it. "It's essential that you look forward to putting your apron on," she explains. "It should feel good over lightweight summertime clothing or over a big heavy sweater when you're grilling outside in the winter."
Of course, it doesn't hurt if an apron is stylish enough to wear when you're done cooking, too. "Buy something you feel and look great in," says Chris Hughes, founder of Artifact Aprons. "An apron is part of your wardrobe." Both Hughes and Weber suggest sticking with an apron made of fine, breathable fabrics, like cotton, denim, and linen, that fits close to your body and won't get in the way when you're cooking. "I love an apron that looks great enough to wear from stove to table," Weber says. In the market for a versatile apron that's as fun to wear as it is functional? From storage-savvy styles to denim aprons and beyond, here are 12 of our favorites.
Show Your Stripes
An attractive apron that's easy to throw on is a gift that keeps on giving. This sleek striped stunner is composed of super lightweight cotton and ties up in the back for quick removal.
Shop Now: Anthropologie Eatery Striped Apron, $34, anthropologie.com.
The only thing better than a lightweight apron is an option that feels like you're not wearing a protective covering at all. This pinafore-style linen option boasts a chic cross-back design that allows you to put it on and take it off with ease—no strings or ties necessary.
Shop Now: MagicLinen Pinafore Linen Apron, $54, etsy.com.
This handy apron provides ample storage opportunity. It comes with multiple pockets, including ones for your cell phone and writing pens, as well as utility loops for hanging tongs, towels, and other cooking tools on the fly. The brand is also a Living test kitchen favorite.
Shop Now: Hedley & Bennett Char Classic Apron, $79, hedleyandbennett.com.
Weber says this bestselling linen apron is designed with cross-back ties for comfort and practicality—it's a customer favorite for a reason. "The very adjustable cross-back ties eliminate any strain on the back of the neck, and the apron now hangs from the shoulders and hugs the upper body," she explains. "With gravity in play, you can tie the apron in front or in back, wear it tightly or loosely, and it stays in place."
Shop Now: Studio Patro Kitchen Apron, in Oatmeal, $84, studiopatro.com.
Durable but breathable, denim has long been the material of choice for apron-wearing workers. "We have a 1940s Sears Hercules denim apron we drew inspiration from," Chris Hughes, the founder of Artifact Aprons, says of designing this style. "Raw denim aprons look amazing over time and use, and we knew Japanese Kurabo denim would achieve the right look and feel."
Shop Now: Artifact Aprons No. 445T Kurabo Denim Apron with Cotton Cross-Back Ties, $80, artifactaprons.com.
Here's a sophisticated covering that won't cost you an arm and a leg: This bib-style apron is designed with a reinforced panel and adjustable cotton neck and waist ties so it's every bit as comfortable as it is good looking.
Shop Now: Cayson Designs Euro Bib Apron with Cotton Webbing Ties, $31, caysondesigns.com.
Dreaming of a no-frills apron that is built to last a lifetime? This beloved bib is composed of 100-percent cotton duck fabric and features a gusseted pocket on the front with a smaller top pouch. It's earned a serious cult following.
Shop Now: Labour and Wait Bib Apron, $70, us.labourandwait.co.uk.
If you're a maximalist at heart, then consider an apron in a bold print. Handmade in Latvia, this eye-catching linen style features not one, but two bright floral patterns, and boasts a handy front pocket to boot.
Shop Now: Liberty London Delilah and Emilia's Flowers Linen Apron, $59, libertylondon.com.